Gas prices up 11 cents in Lima region

LIMA — Gas prices in the Lima area rose again this past week, with the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas climbing 11 cents.

According to GasBuddy.com, gas prices in Allen County averaged $2.67 early Monday, up from the previous week’s average of $2.56. That’s also up 41 cents compared to last month’s average, but is down 15 cents from last year’s average of $2.82.

Regionally, Hardin County was the only area where gas prices fell within the last week. It also had the lowest area gas price at $2.42, followed by Van Wert ($2.54), Hancock ($2.65), Allen, Logan, Mercer and Shelby ($2.67), Auglaize ($2.68), and Putnam ($2.69) counties.

Gas prices in Ohio have risen 9.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.69 Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.38.

While gas hikes are occurring nationwide, experts say the Midwest has been impacted the most.

“In the last month, no one has seen close to the pain exhibited throughout the Midwest,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. “Average gas prices in Michigan are up 50 cents in the last month, followed by Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, who have seen a jump of over 30 cents in a month, largely at the hands of various refinery woes and insatiable demand for gasoline.”

However, DeHaan said they expect gas prices to cool in the next few weeks, barring any unforeseeable events.

“We’re sticking by our January forecast that told of an average U.S. gas price of $2.41/gallon during the summer driving season,” he said.

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By John Bush

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